SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After winning the New Balance High School Tennis Championship nearly a month ago, Bryant University men's tennis freshman Matt Kuhar (Smithfield, R.I.) advanced all the way to the Round of 16 at the Prince George's County International Hard Court Junior Tennis Championships in College Park, Md., earlier this week.
In Kuhar's first-ever International Tennis Federation tournament, the Smithfield native was dialed in, picking up a pair of victories against some of the best competition the world has to offer. In the Round of 64, Kuhar took down Poland's Michal Dembek (ITF Ranking: 135), 6-4, 7-6, before advancing to the second round, where he defeated Jack Barber of California, 7-5, 7-5. In the Sweet 16, Kuhar put up a fight against Viktor Durasovic, but the 64th ranked Norwegian was too much, as Kuhar fell, 6-4, 7-6.
"This should serve as a testament for how strong New England and United States tennis truly is," said Bryant head coach Ron Gendron. "For a non-qualifier [Kuhar] to advance to the third round against the best competition in the world is quite the accomplishment."
Kuhar earned his spot in the Prince George's County International Hard Court Junior Tennis Championships with his dominating victory at the New Balance High School Tennis Championship in July, making the most of his opportunity to play in the first ITF Tournament of his young career.
"This performance is also credit to not only Matt's father, for investing so much time and effort in developing such a high-caliber student-athlete, but also to Matt himself and his devoted work ethic," added Gendron. "It will be a great honor to watch him play over the next four years in a Bryant uniform."
Kuhar and the Bulldogs open their 2014 fall schedule with the Binghamton Invitational which kicks off Friday, Sept. 5 in Binghamton, N.Y.
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